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WEC Energy Group (WEC): A High Quality, High Dividend Growth Utility

Regulated utilities have long been a core staple in dividend portfolios, courtesy of their high-yields, safe payouts, slow but steady dividend growth, and very low volatility.   But while most people focus on the biggest and well-known names in the sector, such as Duke Energy (DUK), Southern Company (SO), and Consolidated Edison (ED), there are [...]

January 31st, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Nordic American Tankers (NAT) Cuts Dividend, and More Bad News Could Be Ahead

With interest rates still near record lows income investors are naturally drawn to super high-yield stocks, such as Nordic American Tankers (NAT), which until recently was offering a seemingly mouth-watering payout of 10.8%.   But one of the most important factors to successful long-term dividend investing is risk management, and the realization that Wall Street [...]

January 25th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Pearson (PSO) Shares Plunge 30% on Surprise Dividend Cut – It Could Have Been Avoided

Pearson (PSO) is one of the largest publishers of education textbooks and materials in the world.   The iconic company’s roots can be traced back to 1844, and its well-known publishing operations began in the 1920s.   In addition to its extensive operating history, Pearson had increased its dividend above the rate of inflation for [...]

January 18th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

The Blackstone Group LP (BX): A 5.7% Dividend Yield, But is the Dividend Safe?

Over the past decade, alternative assets (private equity, real estate, hedge funds, and complex debt instruments) have become increasingly popular, with assets under management nearly quadrupling.   The future is bright as well. PricewaterhouseCoopers expects total alternative assets to reach close to $14 trillion by 2020, growing by about 9% annually.   Given the complex [...]

January 11th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Altria (MO): A Dividend Growth Legend With An Unbeatable Track Record

Many investors believe that the key to exceptional wealth creation is finding the next great growth stock.   In reality, some of the best investments are the most boring, dividend growth focused companies. There are numerous reasons to be a dividend growth investor (see them all here).   Altria (MO), for example, has been the [...]

December 29th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Public Storage (PSA): Down 17% But Still A Superb Dividend Growth Stock

Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, are one of the most popular types of dividend stocks for yield-hungry investors, especially those living off dividends in retirement.   When it comes to REITs, few have done better for investors than Public Storage (PSA) over the years.   The company has continuously paid quarterly dividends since 1981 [...]

December 16th, 2016|High Yield, REIT|

Best Monthly Dividend Stocks for High Income

Monthly dividend paying stocks have become increasingly popular over the years, and investors are constantly on the lookout for the best monthly dividend stocks good reason.   A monthly dividend can be a great way to help pay for living expenses in retirement, or simply act as a way to compound one’s wealth faster through [...]

December 14th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

W.P. Carey (WPC): A High-Yield REIT With 18 Consecutive Years of Dividend Increases

With the stock market hitting record highs day after day, many value focused investors are understandably nervous about investing new money at this time.   Fortunately, there are still a few industries where high-yield dividend investors can turn to for generous, secure, and growing dividends.   One of these is Real Estate Investment Trusts, or [...]

December 13th, 2016|High Yield, REIT|

Simon Property Group (SPG): A Blue Chip REIT Down Over 20% Since July

Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, are a great way for long-term income investors to gain exposure to real estate without the hassle that comes with actually owning, maintaining, and managing rental properties.   In fact, REITs, if carefully chosen, can help you achieve the ultimate form of financial freedom; being able to live off [...]

December 2nd, 2016|High Yield, REIT|

AmeriGas Partners (APU): The Gold Standard of Propane MLPs Is Still a High-Risk Proposition

Master Limited Partnerships, or MLPs have been an increasingly popular stock sector in recent years thanks to their preferential tax treatment that results in a business model that pays out the majority of cash flow in the form of very generous high-yields.   However, as with most high-yield stocks on Wall Street, one needs to [...]

November 28th, 2016|High Yield, MLP|

Enterprise Products Partners (EPD): How Safe is this High-Yield MLP’s Distribution?

Over the last few years, record low interest rates have made Master Limited Partnerships, or MLPs, one of the hottest high-yield equity classes on Wall Street.   While it’s true that this sector has its own risk factors that investors need to be aware of, certain midstream MLPs (those that operate gathering, processing, storage, and [...]

November 23rd, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Mortgage REITs (mREIT): An Investment Guide

Over the past decade, as interest rates have essentially been pegged near zero, income-hungry investors have been attracted to higher-yielding equity classes such as: Master Limited Partnerships, Business Development Companies, and Real Estate Investment Trusts.   One class of REITs in particular, mortgage REITs, has been especially popular thanks to its sky-high dividends, which often [...]

November 16th, 2016|High Yield, REIT|

Ventas (VTR): A High-Yield, High Quality Healthcare REIT

Over the coming decades, the aging of the U.S. population is going be one of the largest demographic and economic megatrends, creating potential investment opportunities for long-term dividend investors.   Let’s take a look to see if Ventas (VTR), America’s second largest medical Real Estate Investment Trust, or REIT, could be a sensible choice for [...]

November 14th, 2016|High Yield, REIT|

How to Invest in Business Development Companies (BDCs)

Over the past few years, Business Development Companies, or BDCs, have proven very popular with yield-starved income investors.   Given their sky-high yields, this is understandable. But it’s important for dividend investors to realize that this isn’t a “set it and forget it” industry, which means that successful long-term investing in BDCs requires being very [...]

November 4th, 2016|Dividend Investing, High Yield|

StoneMor Partners (STON): Another Lesson on Dividend Safety

StoneMor Partners (STON) was the latest master limited partnership (MLP) to shock investors with a distribution cut (learn about the main risks of investing in MLPs here).   After increasing its distribution each year since 2005, Stonemor announced last week that its third quarter distribution would be reduced by 50% to 33 cents per share.   [...]

October 31st, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|